March 28

Our Don Bradman

This book is about a young boy called victor Mcdonald and his experiences. He is really into cricket and his idol is the great Don Bradman,

This book was written at the time of the great depression and the bodyline test series between England and Australia. England’s fast bowlers started to bowl fast short pitched balls that they aimed at the batsman’s body witch really set the Australians off.

Victor and his family recently moved from Stockton to Sydney because his dad couldn’t find work. Before they moved his family was renting a house right by the beach, his dad was worried that he would lose his job like many Australians and soon after, he did. They had to sell many of their possessions and even their mums prized piano to buy the train tickets to Sydney to live with Aunty May, Uncle Jim and grandma.

When they moved Victor went to crown street primary and played cricket for the school team shortly after he was selected for a training camp at the Sydney cricket ground. Victor really liked the camp and was disappointed when it was over.

Uncle Jim was a member of the new guard who tried too over throw Mr Lang who was the NSW prime minister at the time, the new guard failed to get Mr Lang out of office. The main reason he didn’t continue being PM of NSW was he owed a lot of money to the British government that he didn’t pay back.

Around about the middle of the book, Victor started to have a crush on a girl that goes to school over the fence from his school and he saw her at church, her name was Wanda. Victor sister Kate is quite good friends with Wanda.

Victor’s best friends are Ken and Jim, they go fishing, playing cricket in the back lane and go to school together. At the cricket camp, he met Don Bradman and the Don complemented Victor on his bating style. Towards the end of the book Victor moved up into high school, soon after he got picked for the first 11 at his new school. Victor was the youngest in the team but in the first match he top scored with around 85 runs not out.

Victor finally decided what he wanted to be when he grew up and that is a journalist.

I hope you enjoyed my book review and I hope you want to read it.

Our Don Bradman : The Diary of Victor McDonald, Sydney, 1932 : My Australian Story - Peter Allen


Posted March 28, 2017 by Will Ilsley in category Uncategorized

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